North Korea hands US $2M hospital bill for Otto Warmbier

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He died shortly after returning to the USA after spending 17 months in a Pyongyang prison. During his detention, Warmbier fell into a coma due to unknown reasons and remained in that condition for 17 months, passing away a week after his return to the United States in June 2017.

"Through a combination of missed opportunities and personal hesitation, Lewandowski never executed Trump's demand", The Washington Post recounts. She broke the story and joins us now.

Yun and an emergency medicine doctor, Michael Flueckiger, traveled to Pyongyang on a medical evacuation plane. He was unresponsive and was left with a feeding tube in his nose.

CORNISH: At what point did they present this hospital bill, and was it something that affected the negotiation of his release? After his arrest, North Korean authorities forced Warmbier to admit to the crime. But Yun said he could not confirm the Post report. It was kind of a setup there.

The sources also told the publication the pledge was signed by order of President Trump in 2017.

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Yun told CNN on Thursday that he could not discuss details of his diplomatic discussions. The existence of such demands were not previously disclosed by neither the DPRK nor US officials.

But the Trump administration has refuted this report.

Speaking to reporters at the White House later Friday, Trump again dismissed the report as "fake news".

FIFIELD: Through the course of my reporting, I discovered the existence of this invoice.

Adam Kinzinger says there is no indication that the Trump administration paid the $2 million billion hospital bill to North Korea. Trump said that he believed him.

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CORNISH: What has been the response from the Warmbier family? "Look, they got Otto, they beat him, they killed him, and murdered him, and the United States wasn't going to pay the ransom". And he was quite shocked of course. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto.

American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 16, 2016.

At their last meeting in Hanoi in February, Trump said he accepted Kim's claim not to have known what had happened to Warmbier in prison, despite the case being extraordinarily sensitive.

The report by Washington Post on Thursday quoted people familiar with the negotiations.

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